I stumbled across a couple of recipes for this dip on Super Bowl weekend, and being a lover of the infamous BLT, I just had to try it. I took things from both recipes I found, and combined them to make a scrumptious appetizer. I substituted Greek yogurt for sour cream to make this a tad healthier, and if you want to further reduce calories and fat content, you can cut the mayo in half to just a half of a cup, which will produce a bit thicker of a dip (but still yummy).
- 1 lb. bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled & divided
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 Roma tomatoes (or 1 large regular), seeded, chopped & divided
- 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 cup shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
- Set aside ½ cup crumbled bacon.
- Mix mayonnaise, greek yogurt, and cream cheese in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Crumble bacon into mixture and stir.
- Add cheddar cheese, green onions, garlic powder, and one tomato, mix well.
- Spoon mixture into a shallow dish or pie pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling.
- Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, remaining crumbled bacon, lettuce and green onions over hot dip.
- Serve immediately with your favorite crackers or chips.
Here’s a nice alternative to spruce up the tradition burger. Very flavorful and easy to make.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light mag
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices beefsteak tomato
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 4 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or other sandwich rolls
- 4 baby romaine lettuce leaves
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
- Add patties to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
- Remove patties from pan. Add tomato slices to pan; cook 1 minute on each side.
- Spread about 3/4 teaspoon mustard over bottom half of each roll; top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 1 tomato slice, and top half of roll.
Note: you can add a little low-sodium beef broth to the meat for juicier burgers
Here’s a quick, easy & delicious recipe for pizza/pasta sauce that doesn’t require cooking.
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 tbsp oregano
- 1/2 tbsp basil
- 1/2 tsp rosemary, crushed
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Mix tomato paste, water & oil – mix well.
- Add the rest of ingredients and let stand for several hours to let flavors blend.
- If you’re short on time, you can heat the sauce in a small saucepan.
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